No, but seriously, couple e-mails from England (one from the aforementioned Smokey) and one from South Africa have made me rethink this whole cryptic thing. What initially began as an exercise for myself, has now, at the very least, made me reconsider making that a one-and-done deal. So when I'm back from the west coast, I'll probably be making another one. Expect it... when? (Just going to throw it out there, this was the first time Liz and I were out in San Francisco. What a great town. Course, we're up in the Redwoods now, and, jeez. What a beautiful landscape there. Yay, vacations!)
So, in short, this post is going to be a quick one. (FWIW: "a quick one" Google image search got that boss pic of The Who. And yeah, you don't need to remind me about that song).
I have a tough time when I make themelesses wherein the 15 letter entries cross in the middle. I always feel like the other corners are compromised a little too much versus when they are completely stand alone. I dunno. Having said that I was happy with most of the long stuff in this grid. The shorter stuff is another story. Honestly, was there any way I could have put more tired repeaters in the grid? Hopefully, it's not too much of a distraction.
Got a couple of these seed entries from a request I put out to the faithful. Which I guess should be reiterated: If you have something you'd like to see in a puzzle, drop me an e-mail/tweet/carrier pigeon message and I'll see if I can accommodate it.
Cluing seemed to be on the hard-side, but from what the vocal followers are saying, you're looking for nasty-hard stuff on Mondays. Hopefully, I complied. (Again, if you want them a bit on the easier side, hit me up with an e-mail/tweet/carrier pigeon message and I'll accommodate that request too.)
So anyway, I'll leave you with this: for those who have any interest in hearing yours truly fuck around in a rap setting, I guested on a couple two three tracks (under the moniker All-World Lee "Big Game" Bronson, don't ask) on Father Abraham's full-length album "I Am Not a Sailor I Am the Captain." It's completely free: click here and enjoy. Those who have been paying attention probably remember that Abe name-checked yours truly in one of his songs in his weekly blog.
Okay. Enjoy this one. New puzzle on Wednesday.